WSU CAMP student lands competitive internship in D.C.

By Steve Nakata, Administrative Services

PULLMAN, Wash. – Freshman Bianca Chavez has been selected for a highly coveted, all-expense paid, eight-week summer leadership internship in Washington, D.C.

The Kennewick, Wash., native is one of about six students chosen each year from across the nation to participate in the National HEP (High School Equivalency Program)/CAMP (College Assistance Migrant Program) Association internship. The association works to improve the quality of life for farm workers through education. Learn more at

Chavez participates in Washington State University’s CAMP, a federally funded program for first-year students with farm working backgrounds. The human development major is the third WSU CAMP student selected for the internship during the past five years.

“I’m continually impressed by Bianca’s resiliency in spite of the many challenges she has faced from an early age,” said Ray Acuña-Luna, WSU CAMP academic coordinator and retention specialist. “She is a remarkable individual with dedication, a strong work ethic and a personal drive unmatched by others.”

Chavez will meet members of Congress and participate in leadership seminars with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

“I’m expecting that I will grow a lot during the program, especially having the opportunity to be around such brilliant people every day,” she said.


News media contacts:
Ray Acuña-Luna, WSU CAMP, 509-335-7649,
Steve Nakata, WSU Administrative Services communications, 509-335-1774,